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WASHINGTON–A Republican victory in Virginia and the decision by voters to keep the police department in Minneapolis, mean the American public is rejecting the progressive values of the modern Democratic Party, say two Indiana representatives.

“Virginia’s election results clearly show that the American people are disillusioned with Democrat policies that are doing nothing but growing big government’s control over the lives and livelihoods of Main Street Americans,” said Congressman Larry Bucshon, who represents southwestern Indiana in Washington.

Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race Tuesday night, becoming the first Republican to win statewide office in the commonwealth since 2009.

Pres. Joe Biden won Virginia by double digits last year.

“Since President Biden took office, his policies have left Americans facing skyrocketing prices for everyday goods, our southern border in crisis, and a future so uncertain that the Biden administration has suggested the appropriate response is for Americans to simply lower their expectations,” said Bucshon. “What the American people want are common sense solutions from their elected representatives that address the concerns of hard-working American families on Main Street, not the concerns of progressive elites in Washington.”

Congressman Jim Banks, also a Republican, representing northeast Indiana, said in a Tweet that he believes the election results indicate it was a referendum on the Biden administration’s policies.

“Glenn Youngkin’s victory is a referendum on the radical socialist agenda of the modern Democrat party!” Tweeted Banks

In a memo he put out as chair of the Republican Study Committee, Banks said one of the lessons he believes the election results point to is that the concerns of parents need to be the number one issue for Republicans. One point Banks made in his memo is that he believes Republicans should ensure that federal money is not being used to fund the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

Banks said in an interview in September that he believes Republicans will take back the U.S. House in the 2022 mid-term elections.